For many years, Hondas have been one of the most popular cars on American roads. And if you’re among the millions who own one, take heed.
As many as 300,000 defective Honda and Acura models remain on the road following a massive recall announced in 2015, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) estimates.
The vehicles have been recalled for faulty airbags, which can rupture during a crash if exposed to too much humidity or fluctuating temperatures. So far, the issue has been responsible for at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries have across the U.S., the NJ MVC noted. The defective products have a 50% chance of malfunctioning, according to the Motor Vehicle Commission.
The 300,000 earmarked vehicles in the U.S. are part of a global recall effort for the same problem that included nearly 70 million cars. Shortly following the recall in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration imposed a precedent-setting civil penalty on Takata, the company responsible for the defective airbags.
If you have any of the following models, you could be eligible for a free fix as part of the massive recall:
- 2001-2002 Honda Civic
- 2001-2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 Honda CR-V
- 2002 Honda Odyssey
- 2003 Acura CL
- 2003 Honda Pilot
For more information, or to check if your vehicle has been recalled, check out the NHTSA website.